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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Final 2009 Reading List

This year's reading list clocked in at an even 50, just barely extending my 50-book challenge streak to 5 years running!
  1. The Mammoth Book of Crime Comics - Various
  2. El Borbah - Charles Burns
  3. Cold Snap* - Thom Jones
  4. Pimp - Iceberg Slim
  5. The Best American Non-Required Reading 2008 - Various
  6. And the Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks - Kerouac & Burroughs
  7. Oblivion* - David Foster Wallace
  8. McSweeney's #30 - Various
  9. The Outlaw Bible of American Essays - Various
  10. The Best American Comics 2008 - Various
  11. The Soul of Baseball: A Journal Through Buck O'Neil's America* - Joe Posnanski
  12. Welcome to the Monkeyhouse* - Kurt Vonnegut
  13. Songbook - Nick Hornby
  14. 3 Nights In August - Buzz Bissinger
  15. Hot, Flat, and Crowded - Thomas Friedman
  16. Cosmopolis* - Don DeLillo
  17. Celebration* - Harry Crews
  18. High Lonesome* - Barry Hannah
  19. Money - Martin Amis
  20. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned - Wells Tower
  21. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
  22. Amplified - Various
  23. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again* - David Foster Wallace
  24. A Jello Horse - Matthew Simmons
  25. Requiem For A Paper Bag - Various
  26. Odd Man Out - Matt McCarthy
  27. Shadow Country* - Peter Matthiessen
  28. New Stories From The South 2008* - Various
  29. American Flagg v. 1 - Howard Chaykin
  30. Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend* - Larry Tye
  31. Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 - Jaime Hernandez
  32. Misconception - Ryan Boudinot
  33. Zeitoun* - Dave Eggers
  34. The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?* - Padgett Powell
  35. Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon
  36. Americana - Don DeLillo
  37. Crash - J.G. Ballard
  38. The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment - A.J. Jacobs
  39. The Best American Non-Required Reading 2009 - Various
  40. The Humbling* - Philip Roth
  41. Dangerous Laughter* - Steven Millhauser
  42. Filthy Rich - Brian Azzarello
  43. Thirteen Stories - Eudora Welty
  44. Nobody Move - Denis Johnson
  45. Eating The Dinosaur - Chuck Klosterman
  46. The Best American Comics 2009 - Various
  47. Checkpoint - Nicholson Baker
  48. What's Not To Love - Jonathan Ames
  49. Wise Blood* - Flannery O'Connor
  50. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest* - Ken Kesey

* = Highly recommended

Previously:
My 2008 reading list
My 2007 reading list
My 2006 reading list
My 2005 reading list

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Final 2009 Movie List

With work getting busier and the emergence of Facebook as my primary means of communication, I haven't been posting here lately. Don't know if that'll change in the new year, but at least over the next few days I hope to post my normal year-end wrap ups on music, books and movies. With no further adieu here are the 87 movies I've seen this year (blowing away my old 2007 record):

Best new movie I saw: Away We Go or Inglourious Basterds (relatively weak year)
Best 2008 movie I saw this year: The Wrester (honorable mention to Ballast and Wendy & Lucy)
Best old movie I'd never seen: Coal Miner's Daughter
Best TV Series on DVD: Twin Peaks
  1. The Lives of Others*
  2. Factory Girl
  3. Brazil*
  4. Pineapple Express
  5. Notorious
  6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  7. Bright Lights, Big City
  8. Vicky Cristina Barcelona*
  9. The Wrestler*
  10. Zack & Miri Make a Porno
  11. Forgetting Sarah Marshall*
  12. Man on Wire*
  13. Choke
  14. The Notorious Bettie Page
  15. Slam
  16. Shotgun Stories*
  17. Shakespeare Was A Big George Jones Fan
  18. The Watchmen*
  19. The Visitor*
  20. I Love You Man
  21. Synecdoche, New York*
  22. Rachel Getting Married
  23. Religulous
  24. Milk
  25. Snow Angels
  26. The Gits
  27. Factotum
  28. Old Joy*
  29. Doubt*
  30. Observe & Report
  31. The Hawk Is Dying
  32. Foot Fist Way*
  33. Interview
  34. Frost/Nixon
  35. Reign Over Me
  36. All The Real Girls
  37. The Spirit
  38. Tropic Thunder
  39. Wendy & Lucy*
  40. Vanishing Point
  41. Eastern Promises
  42. American Teen
  43. Tell No One
  44. A Woman Is A Woman
  45. The Yes Men Fix The World
  46. Summer Breakdown
  47. Gotta Dance
  48. Zombie
  49. Facing Ali
  50. Know Your Mushrooms
  51. Teeth
  52. Art & Copy
  53. The Hangover
  54. Wild At Heart*
  55. Year One
  56. Everything Is Illuminated
  57. Let The Right One In*
  58. The Comedians of Comedy
  59. Bruno
  60. The Spanish Prisoner
  61. Julie & Julia
  62. Inglourious Basterds*
  63. Gore Gore Girls
  64. Fire Walk With Me
  65. Junebug*
  66. Amores Perros*
  67. Tyson*
  68. Visioneers
  69. Away We Go*
  70. Donkey Punch
  71. Adventureland
  72. Coal Miner's Daughter*
  73. Breathless
  74. Undertow*
  75. Anvil: The Story of Anvil
  76. Senator Obama Goes to Africa
  77. The Beatles: Help!
  78. Precious
  79. Humpday*
  80. Paper Heart*
  81. Sugar*
  82. One Fast Move Or I'm Gone*
  83. Bourne Identity
  84. Cthulhu
  85. Man In The Sand
  86. Ballast*
  87. Repulsion*

Previously:
2008 movie list
2007 movie list

* - Highly recommended

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